Hurricane Alex is whipping up a storm around the coast of the United States, making conditions difficult for BP to continue its ongoing oil cleanup operation.
Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins, former snooker World Champion, has hit out at what he is calling a 'pathetic effort' in the Gulf of Mexico. Now aged 61, he attended the hastily-scheduled press conference right on cue alongside a red-faced BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward, putting him firmly on the spot. The snooker ace appeared to turn a little yellow and need a rest after the prolonged session at the table, seated behind an array of microphones, but soon recovered after a short break.
Higgins, championship winner in both 1972 and 1982, says that BP should be putting greater emphasis on the collections of heavy oil dotted around the Gulf instead of the lighter-coloured goo nearer the shoreline. 'BP are screwing around trying to get back to the blue, clear water near the sand, when these stringy pockets are just what they should be aiming for,' said Higgins. 'Sinking the black there will be much more beneficial than settling for the easier brown near the coast, where the green algae will be blocking the brown anyway.'
'They need to make sure that their boss calls the US President at least on a daily basis,' he said. 'The white and the black need to get as much contact as possible, and we need a decent 'green' policy from BP - not just a light kiss-on-the-pink to make up, but formal handshakes and agreements - before things go completely to pot.'
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